Break The Ceiling Touch The Sky- 2024 Middle East & Africa Edition, Sept 9, 2024

The 2024 Middle East & Africa Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women, will be held live in Dubai, UAE on Sept 9, 2024,  at The Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel, Dubai and  will bring together over 300 of the regions (and world’s) most successful executives from the most successful  organizations to share best practices on leadership, diversity & inclusion and success.  We will limit Participation to  35 selected Companies. Participating Companies will benefit from the shared learnings across the Middle East and Africa Markets.


This is the seventh annual Middle East Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® and will be led by a team of 25 C-Suite Executives, leading as speakers and coaches for participants on the day. For the first time, we are encouraging Companies to sign up colleagues from Africa as well.   The summit offers Female Executives (and other champions for gender diversity) an excellent opportunity to learn and share best practices and sustainable strategies for success; connect and learn from senior Female executives and role models, upskill based on the professional experiences of leaders across industries and help build new business and networks of support.


This one day summit includes  House of Rose Professional’s speed mentoring of participants by senior leaders.  The 2024  Middle East & Africa  Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky®  continues to support the UAE’s committment and aspiration on leading on gender equality. The summit is a key pillar of MISSION 2029 FOR A BETTER WORLD – House of Rose Professional’s 10 year Mission (launched in 2020) to shape a better world via better diversity & inclusion, leadership and business. This  seventh  annual Middle East  Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky®  is a critical part of the overall global series of  Break the ceiling touch the sky® summits in the Middle East, Asia, Americas, Africa, Europe and ANZ.

 Book your Company Participation at Early Bird Rates for the 2024 Middle East & Africa Edition, Sept 9, 2024.

Potential Company sponsors contact



 James Lafferty

Chief Executive Officer 

Fine Hygienic Holding

Bouchra Bensaoud OVAL

 Bouchra Bensaoud

President, Danaher Middle East, Africa and Turkey

Danaher Corporation

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Mufazzal Kajiji

Chief Executive Officer – Middle East

Zurich Insurance

Farah N. Hamdan

 Farah Hamdan

General Manager, Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Indirect Markets

Zimmer Biomet

Peter van den

Peter Van den Broeck

Senior VP, GM Middle East-Africa



Cara Nazari

Chief Executive Officer

AmCham Dubai


 Alex von Behr

President, vBA Associates; Senior Advisor, House of Rose Professional; Former Global Chief Customer Officer

Unilever Plc


 Liz Beneski

Chief Executive Officer 

AmCham Abu Dhabi


Anthony A. Rose

Chairman and CEO 

House of Rose Professional Pte.Ltd

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 Sandrine R.M.El Khodry

Senior Vice President EEIMEA Region (Emergen Europe, Turkey, Middle East & Africa, South Asia) 

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Dorsaf Essoussi

 Dorsaf Essoussi

Former Regional Head North Africa, Egypt, Russia and CIS at Viatris. Senior Consultant

 House of Rose Professional

Diana Szyszka-Pompei

 Diana Szyszka-Pompei

Executive Director 

 Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates

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 Walid Samara

Vice President and General Manager, Northern Region Middle East Africa 






Gender diverse companies are financially more successful, better employers, greater innovators, and better corporate citizens. By accelerating gender diversity at the world’s largest  companies through MISSION 2029 FOR A BETTER WORLD we can change the trajectory of global business for the better and influence a more sustainable, better world. Break the ceiling touch the sky® will equip professionals with the leadership best practices  to win in a rapidly evolving global economy and  serve as inspiration for further progress on Mission 2029.”

Bob McDonald, 8th Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs and Retired Chairman, President and CEO of The Procter & Gamble Company and member of the Mission 2029 Global Advisory Council


“Congratulations on an amazing summit. Such a wealth of information and wonderful people across industries. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the summit, and the entire Emerson team gained a lot from the speakers and the attendees. Its an honor for me and Emerson to be part of this great Mission you are driving and we look forward to continued partnership with House of Rose Professional.”  
W. Haddad, VP & General manager, UAE, Oman, Yemen and Lebanon, Emerson Automation Solutions 


We are delighted that House of Rose Professional has once again chosen Dubai as the host city for the 2024 Middle East & Africa Edition of  Break the ceiling touch the sky®. AmCham Dubai deeply believes in the power of gender diversity & inclusion.  AmCham Dubai is pleased to partner once again with Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky® and support gender diversity which is a key business priority for the Middle East region and for our corporate members.”

Cara Nazari, Chief Executive Officer, AmCham Dubai 


“Thank you so very much for supporting mothers and children in India through the book sales (of Break the ceiling touch the sky). I’m so pleased that your organization continues to make such tremendous progress on issues that are vital to the core of Save the Children’s own work in gender diversity, and that you raise awareness about women’s leadership to new heights. You have done so much to drive this movement forward! It was an honour for Save the Children to once again be the recipient of the proceeds of your book. I join my colleagues in sending my grateful appreciation for your continued support for Save the Children’s work – in India and around the world. Thank you for your commitment and dedication.”

Carolyn Miles,  CEO, Save the Children


“It is always a pleasure to attend this amazing event, this was my fourth year. Something I really look forward to. It was a day of great learning, reflection and planning for me. My team were also very appreciative to be part of this forum. Best wishes to you to continue on this great initiative and accomplish the 2029 goals, hopefully ahead of time.”

A. Singh, Director, Cigna


“The Coca-Cola Company is proud to be accelerating accelerating gender equality at all levels of our organization and within the communities we serve. As a founding and world sponsor of Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky ® and partner for MISSION 2029 FOR A BETTER WORLD, we are delighted to spotlight how women are reshaping, reinventing, and transforming industries. 

Christina Ruggiero, President, Global Nutrition Category, The Coca-Cola Company


“Congratulations for another successful event Anthony Rose! I love how you bring the right leaders and organizations with the same goals into one room to have important conversations and to drive ACTIONS when it comes to gender equality! Well done! Glad that UPSers were able to be a part of it.” 

Christina Struller da Costa, Vice President – Corporate Affairs, ISMEA, UPS


“I have seen Break the ceiling touch the sky® conference go from strength to strength every year, bringing together great participation from CEOs, C-suite Executives, D&I practitioners and founders/heads of businesses. The BTCTTS summit is really mobilizing a movement for building more gender balanced workplaces. It has something for everyone – CEOs to learn from one another on how to drive change and progress towards gender diversity. Women who are looking for advice on how to take their careers forward and men who want to be champions for change.”

A. Chaudhury, Group Head, ESG, AIA


“Nine years ago, I joined my first Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky event, a summit that became a movement that Anthony Rose started, and is dedicated to the advancement of women in business, and a platform that brings together so many leaders, companies and industries for a common cause.  Fast forward 34 events and almost a decade later, it’s so impressive and inspiring to see what Anthony has achieved in bringing people together from around the world to address diversity and inclusion strategies that are critical to business sustainability.

Joining many of our (Eurofins) clients this week was a great way to reinforce that importance of building a better world together through DEI and reimagined business practices.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an impactful event!”

Natalia Shuman, Group Executive Vice President, Europe & Asia, Eurofins


“Break the ceiling touch the sky” annual conferences bring some of the best business leaders from all over the world together. They share their experiences, insights and views on advancing gender equality, positive workplace culture and true inclusion in work teams. The content is always of a consistent high quality and the networking is of a high order. So, if you care anout gender equality, inclusions and getting more women in company senior positions and on Boards, join the conference. You will benefit and so will your collaegues and businesses. Thats why I attend the conference and why Singapore International Chamber of Commerce is a supporting  Industry partner year after year. ”

Victor Mills, Chief Executive, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. 


“What an inspirational day attending the Break the ceiling toucgh the sky leadership summit for women. Its  exciting to see so many leaders and Companies supporting this initiative. Thank you Anthony Rose for hosting and organizing!

Nicole Silva,  Accessories Product Manager at General Motors


“The summit (Break the ceiling touch the sky) is a great platform to learn from others about the importance of Inclusion and Diversity in today’s corporate culture as well as share insights and best practices across industries and continents.”

Fadi Matar
Country Manager Kuwait, Dow Chemicals
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Women play a vital role in today’s economy and this event Break the ceiling touch the sky has helped and empowered the women in UAE to address the huge opportunity for them

Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban
SVP, Oracle MEA
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It was a great pleasure participating at the 2018 Middle East Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky. I enjoyed engaging with the panelists and the participants. It was a great turn out and the speakers were phenomenal

Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna
President GE Gulf
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